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A tempting time

A tempting time

A new survey from Caron Treatment Centers shows the prevalence of dangerous drinking behavior during the holidays.

Maintaining the cheer

Maintaining the cheer

Harmony at home doesn’t have to be fleeting during the holiday season.

Redefining Family

Redefining Family

If your biological kin aren’t supportive or healthy, it may be time to look elsewhere for family support.

Spirited gatherings

Spirited gatherings

This holiday season, entertain with drinks that are nice, not naughty.

Love in the time of text

Love in the time of text

If you text more than you talk, it may be time to communicate in person.

Love your liver

Love your liver

A little TLC for the organ that has been cleaning up after you.

Avoiding the holiday hangover

Avoiding the holiday hangover

This year, break your consumer addictions.

Taking back trust

Taking back trust

Four pillars of rebuilding the bonds that addiction breaks.

“There’s nothing to do but think about making yourself a better person.”

“There’s nothing to do but think about making yourself a better person.”

Seventeen-year-old Jake Giffin faced addiction at an early age and won, thanks to time in the wild and the support of his sober community.

Bringing biology to the forefront

Bringing biology to the forefront

Scientists are closer than ever to understanding the biological basis for addiction, and what they are discovering may just change the face of recovery.

Fearing the feast

Fearing the feast

Americans love Thanksgiving. But for someone with an eating disorder, the holiday can be stressful and overwhelming.


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